Apr 11 2018 06:58 PM
- The Senate will convene at 9:15 a.m.
- Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #605, Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
- At 9:30 a.m., the Senate will VOTE on confirmation of Executive Calendar #605, Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
- Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #666, Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #540, John W. Broomes, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
- Note: on Friday, March 23, cloture was filed on Executive Calendar #541, Rebecca Grady Jennings, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.
Senator Murray: (5:02 p.m.)
- Spoke on the nomination of Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
- "With this nomination, President Trump is once again breaking his promise to put workers first. Mr. Pizzella has a record that is time and again at odds with the goals of the very department he would help lead as deputy secretary. His track record is one of not merely failing workers, but of failing to enforce laws to protect the health and safety of workers seeking to diminish workers' rights and protections and undermining the unions that represent and fight for them. In fact, his record includes working with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff on behalf of causes counter to the mission."
Senator Gardner: (5:06 p.m.)
- Spoke on the opioid crisis.
- "Over the past couple of years a great deal of attention has been paid to prescription drug addiction, to prescription drug overdoses. My home state of Colorado we have an average that exceeds the national average when it comes to prescription addiction and overdoses. We're losing a person in Colorado to drug overdose every 36 hours. Far too many people. In our rural communities, it's not just the wealthy who are immune or the poor who are immune or the poor who are affected and the wealthy who are affected. It's everyone. The wealthy, poor, low income, high income. The opioid crisis, prescription drug addiction has affected every nook and cranny of our communities. That attention that has been paid to the addiction crisis in this country has resulted in some of the greatest bipartisan achievements congress has had over the past several years."
Senator Portman: (6:08 p.m.)
- Spoke in tribute to Ohio first responders.
- "They wake up every day, put on their uniform carry out their duties with an unwavering commitment in a pledge to protect those around them. This morning we had our weekly Buckeye Coffee. We had people from all over Ohio there. Sure enough, it was the E.M.S. Chiefs Association. They're helping with regard to traffic accidents or gunshot wounds and so on. But one of the new challenges that they face, which is taking an enormous amount of their time and effort, is the opioid crisis. So these first responders now in your community I bet you if you go to your firehouse and ask them are responding more to overdose runs than fires. This is one example where they are on the front lines dealing with these issues, using NARCAN to be able to save lives."
- Spoke on preventing sex trafficking.
- "It was very emotional. We had a lot of survivors, victims of sex trafficking who were there. One of them was standing next to the president and when he signed the bill, he asked whether she wanted to say anything an fighting back tears, Yvonne Ambrose said, well, I want to tell you about my daughter. She told the president about her 16-year-old daughter who was trafficked on backpage.com, a website that has most of the commercial sex traffic."